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March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be Voted to the Pro Bowl for the First Time

NFL Pro Bowl Logo2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be Voted to the Pro Bowl for the First Time.

(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)

Adam: Bryan Bulaga. There aren’t many dominant left tackles in the NFC. When (if) Bulaga makes the move to the left side, I’m not saying he’ll be dominant, but he’s got the talent to make the pro bowl.

Al: Desmond Bishop. I guess it would make sense that I stay consistent with my pick for breakout season. If Bishop has the type of breakout season I am anticipating, he will most certainly join the ranks of Pro Bowl players. Unfortunately, he’ll have to miss the game with the Packers in the Super Bowl.

Chad: Mason Crosby. After his best year ever in the NFL, Crosby was just one spot away from making the Pro Bowl in 2011. He seems to finally have found his footing with field goals, and the consistency of having Tim Masthay as a holder seems to be helping. Crosby also continues to amaze with his kickoff ability, having one of the best onside kicks in the league. Next season could be his best ever, and we’ll see Thompson get the most bang from his buck with Crosby’s contract.

Kris: I’m going to go with NONE because I am predicting the NFL won’t hold the Pro Bowl this year.  The 2012 game was an embarrassment in which Aaron Rodgers called out his NFC teammates for a lack of effort. Roger Goodell took notice and mentioned the NFL could possibly scrap the game.  Moving the game around didn’t help. I say it goes bye bye. Should it be held, I’ll go with Bulaga. He’s going to be a staple on the offensive line for years and he begins to prove it in 2012.

Michael: Jermichael Finley. With a new contract ensuring Finley will be back with Pack, he has every opportunity to be a focal point of the offense. Drops were an issue for Finley in 2011, but as fans saw with James Jones, that problem can be fixed. I expect many games like Week 3 against the Chicago Bears were Finley caught 7 passes for 85 yards and 3 touchdowns. He may not score 3 TDs every game, but should have more than the 8 he had last season.

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March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be in the Next State Farm Commercial with Aaron Rodgers

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be in the Next State Farm Commercial with Aaron Rodgers (excluding Clay Matthews and BJ Raji)

(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)

Adam: Tom Crabtree. Nobody besides Packers fans know who Crabtree is, so he’ll be cast as the crazy dude yelling at Rodgers.

Al: Mason Crosby. A kicker is now stealing his move?  I would see that as the last straw for Rodgers and the last commercial in this series…

Chad: Charles Woodson. The defensive players seem to be the ones trying to upstage Rodgers in his commercials, and I think that trend would continue. Woodson brings name recognition, which is a big part of the business. I think the best scenario would include Rodgers calling him “Chuck.”

Kris: Gilbert Brown with the Gravedigger. Total curveball. Considering, you know, Rodgers and Brown never played together.  Honorable Mention: Brett Favre. An even bigger curveball. A whole bit on Favre trying to do the discount double check would be hysterical.

Michael: Mike McCarthy. In a move that would never happen, McCarthy would be a hilarious addition for Packers fans. I have no idea what role McCarthy would, or could, play in a commercial with Rodgers, but simply McCarthy’s presence would make for some solid laughs among Packers fans and those that know McCarthy.

Thomas: How could it be anyone else but Donald Driver?  Raji (the hula dance) and Matthews (the predator thing) were both picked because they had a great move, and Donald Drivers’ shimmy-thingy is the only other move that I can think of from one of the bigger names on the Packers roster.  Obviously if Driver is cut, his chances probably go down a lot, but maybe they could poke fun at that fact too.

Zach: Can I vote no one? I think State Farm might have run its course with the Discount Double Check commercials. If State Farm does do another commercial with Rodgers, I assume he’ll be flying in it solo. If I had to pick any player, however, it would have to be Greg Jennings. That guy has Hollywood written all over him.


 

 

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March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to Have a Breakout Season in 2012

2011 Packers Yearbook: Green Bay Packer Player Most Likely to Have a Breakout Season in 2012:

(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)

Adam: Bryan Bulaga. We usually think of a skill player when talking about breakout seasons. That’s not fair to the offensive lineman. Look for Bulaga to take the next step in 2012.

Al: Matt Flynn is probably the correct answer, but there’s this little issue of him leaving the Packers. If not coming off an ACL, I might have gone for a longshot pick like Alex Green here. Randall Cobb is the obvious choice, so I’ll pass on him. Who’s left? Am I crazy enough to give such a vote of confidence to Mike Neal? Nope. Jermichael Finley? Maybe. That leaves me with but one sure option: Desmond Bishop. Yes, he was a full-time starter last season and had a good year, but we’re talking breakout here. 100+ solo tackles, 6-8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 INTs and a Pro Bowl berth.

Chad: As much as we all like to buck the trend with our picks, I don’t think there’s anyone who has a better chance of a breakout season than Randall Cobb. He should be able to secure more snaps next year, and considering that he was one of the most efficient receivers this year, that should be a great thing. Cobb will likely improve his ball security in the return game, as well.

Kris: Randall CobbJust when you thought the Packers had enough weapons on offense.  The threesome of Jennings, Nelson and Cobb (regardless of where Driver ends up) will be lethal.  It would open things up for Finley should he be cured of his case of the dropsies.  Throw in Cobb’s potential in the return game and you will need one big washcloth to wipe up the drool from Packer Nation.

Michael: Morgan Burnett. While Burnett was a bright spot on a defense that had so few, I expect him to take even more steps forward in his young career and become a league-wide force. If Burnett has the added benefit of playing alongside Nick Collins, the duo could become one of the leagues best in an improved Packers secondary.